Happy Fact Checking Day!

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Happy Fact Checking Day!

After we let our hair down a little yesterday for April Fools Day, today we are celebrating Fact Checking Day (like we do every year). Best wishes to all our fellow fact checkers around the world.

We are also taking this opportunity to announce our participation in a new experimental way of funding fact checking through the sale of NFT representations of some of our fact checks. You can buy or trade NFTs representing some of our best work here.

More information about Fact Checking Day courtesy of the International Fact-Checking Network:

International Fact-Checking Day is promoted by the International Fact-Checking Network in partnership with fact-checking organizations around the world. We believe that fact-checking shouldn't be something only professional fact-checkers do. An accurate information ecosystem requires everyone to do their part.

That's why last year the IFCN brought together fact-checkers from across the world to form the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance. We created a searchable database of COVID-19 fact-checks with over 12,000 submissions so far.

The Alliance's work earned it the recognition of the Paris Peace Forum, which selected the collaboration as one of 10 projects out of a field of 100 to receive specialized support from the forum's Scale Up Committee.

Fact-Checking Day is an annual celebration and rallying cry for more facts in public health, journalism, and everyday life. It is meant to be lighthearted, but practical.

For more information, see the website set up for the occasion.


  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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